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I also want to add that the Fox California Theatre came close to being demolished. In 1980,There was a proposal by the city of Stockton to tear down the Fox for a parking lot to complement the 10 story California Office Building next door, but thankfully the original owners fought the eminent domain case in court and won. Ironically the City now owns it 20 years later. Boy how times change,Thankfully for the better.
The St. Francis closed in May of this year.
Ah my hometown theatre. A beautiful site.To add on the info above,after closing as a Second Run Grindhouse showing Horror, Science Fiction and Kung Fu Movies (Triple Feature for 50 cents), they reopened the following year showing Triple X Porno Movies such as “Deep Throat” and “Behind The Green Door” which fortunately lasted under a year before showing Spanish Language Movies in 1975. That lasted until 1977 when it was restored as a Live Venue Theatre under a new name (Fox Center For The Performing Arts) which was a flop and reverted back to a Spanish Language Movie Theatre in 1979. They closed their doors for good in 1981 and with the exception of an occasional Concert and Wedding, It remained closed until 1996 when the City of Stockton leased the building. Last year(2000), the City bought the Fox from the owners and is spending a couple of million dollars restoring the Fox to its former glory. In addition to the concerts, The Fox shows old Classic Films of Yesteryear(1930’s to 1060’s) 6 times a year. Also The Fox Theatre And The Fox California Theatre are one and the same so you should consolidate the two on your website. The Official name is “FOX CALIFORNIA THEATRE”.
There used to be a time when you can see a movie on the Big main screen from the balcony but today that is another auditorium. I am not against adding more screens by building an adjacent auditorium but I am against altering any part of the main original auditorium.
A very nice theater in a very small town. There was a time when it was all closed up but luckily it was restored and reopen. It is sad though that they transformed the balcony into two separate auditoriums. I am an advocate against the use of the balcony as another auditorium. I always enjoyed viewing a movie from a balcony. Instead of looking up at a movie you are looking at it dead center.
Though this is a nice looking theatre, It pales in comparison to the much larger,much older,more historical WARNOR THEATRE in Downtown Fresno.